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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1857

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

George A. Kensel

(Ap'd Ky.)


George Amos Kensel: Born in 1836, Philadelphia, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1853, to July 1, 1857, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1857.

Served: on frontier duty on Utah Expedition, 1857‑58, — Cheyenne

(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Aug. 17, 1857)

Pass, 1858‑59, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1859, — and Ft. Randall, Dak., 1859, 1859‑60; and in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1860‑61.

First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Mar. 1, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the

(Transferred to 5th Artillery, May 14, 1861)

Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July to Sep.,

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Aug. 3, 1861, to Oct. 8, 1862)

1861; on Quartermaster duty at Boston, Mas., Sep. to Dec., 1861; as Chief of Infantry of Expedition to New Orleans, La., Dec., 1861, to Jan., 1862, — and Chief of Artillery and Ordnance, Department of the

(Captain, 5th Artillery, Oct. 8, 1862)

Gulf, Jan., 1862, to Jan., 1863; in Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Rosecrans's Tennessee Campaign, as Chief of Artillery, 20th Army Corps, July 1 to Oct., 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Chickamauga, Sep. 19‑20, 1863; as Asst.

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 20, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Chickamauga, Ga.)

Inspector-General of 18th Army Corps, and Department of Virginia and North Carolina, Nov. 7, 1863, to Feb. 24, 1865, — of 24th Army Corps,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 7, 1863, to Aug. 1, 1865)

Feb. 24 to June 26, 1865, — and of Department of Virginia, June 26 to Aug. 14, 1865; in Operations about Petersburg and Richmond, being engaged in several Actions near Drury's Bluff, May‑June, 1864, — Capture of the Enemy's Works on the north side of James River, Sep. 27, 1864, — and Pursuit of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lee's Rebel Army, terminating in the

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865, for Meritorious Services
while Serving as Chief of Artillery
of the Departments of the Gulf, and of Virginia and North Carolina,
and for Gallant Conduct in Action before Drury's Bluff, Va.)

(Bvt. Colonel, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Capitulation of Appomattox C. H., Apr. 9, 1865; and on leave of absence, June 23 to Aug. 10, 1865.

Served: at the Military Academy as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 31, 1865, to Aug. 28, 1869; in garrison at Ft. Warren, Mas., Aug. 28, 1869, to Sep., 1870, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Sep., 1870, to Apr. 15, 1873, — Ft. Monroe, Va., May 1, 1873, to Apr., 1874, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., Apr. 24, 1874, to Dec., 1875, — Ft. Barrancas, Fla., Dec., 1875, to May, 1877, — Charleston and Summerville, S. C., Keyser, W. Va., and Ft. McHenry,  p682 Md., to Sep., 1877, — Charleston, S. C., Sep., 1877, to Apr. 8, 1879, — and Atlanta, Ga., to Mar. 27, 1881; and on leave of absence to Apr. 17, 1881.

Died, Apr. 17, 1881, at New Haven, Con.: Aged 45.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Kensel's birth data are from his AOG obituary (Web sources give the date as August 8); his middle name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army.

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